The Brides of Dracula (1960)


An occasional series where I write about works inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula…

These reviews reveal plot twists.

Setting: Transylvania as the ‘ninteenth century draws to a close’.

Faithful to the novel? No, it’s a sequel to 1958’s Dracula. The Count is dead, but his disciples lived on. When a French girl called Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur) gets stranded in one of Hammer’s stock rural pubs, noblewoman Baroness Meinster (Maritita Hunt) finds her and takes her home – where she’s keeping her son locked up for his own good. When Marianne helps him escape, things don’t go well… Thankfully, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) soon arrives to help out.

Best performance: Peter Cushing knew what he was doing.

Best bit: Well, it’s certainly not the stuff at the girls’ finishing school. Definitely not.

Review: A low-urgency Hammer film, with little vamp action. Peter Cushing does a lot of dull sneaking around.

Four lands of dark forests, dread mountains and black unfathomable lakes out of 10

One thought on “The Brides of Dracula (1960)

  1. The Brides of Dracula would have been better if the “brides” had more screen time. I don’t think they spoke a single line of dialogue after they were turned into vampires.

    One plot element that confused me is the man who hitched a ride on the coach. He goes into the Inn and frightens everyone, but we never see him again.

    I wrote a short essay (500 words) on The Brides of Dracula called “Three Traits of a Naive Person.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback:


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